June 29, 1998

Michael Friedman Corp. Announces Recall of Rattles

Michael Friedman Corp. of Brooklyn, N.Y. is recalling about 2,000 rattles. Small parts can break off of the rattles, presenting choking and aspiration hazards to infants.

The recalled rattles are sold under the "Hobby Horse" brand name. The rattles, measuring 5.25 inches high, look like roses. A green stem-like handle extends from the bottom of the pink or purple "rose" and bends upon itself in a somewhat circular fashion to form a handle. The words "Hong Kong" are embossed on the lower portion of the "rose." The rattles were packaged in clear plastic shrink wrap attached to a purple polka dotted bluish cardboard header, labeled "Hobby Horse...Baby Rattle." Small children's clothing and discount stores nationwide sold the rattles from March 1997 to May 1998 for about $1 to $2.

Consumers should take the rattle away from infants immediately and return the rattle to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should call the company at (800) 431-3166 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday. Consumers calling from within New York state should call the company collect at (718) 257-7800.